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August 13, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE 53 players on an NFL regular-season roster, but only 46 can be activated on game day. Last season, 23 Eagles players were inactive for at least one game, many because of injury. Only one player spent the entire season as a game-day inactive. That was rookie defensive end Taylor Hart. He didn't play a snap. Didn't make a tackle. Didn't even get a chance to run out of the tunnel at the Linc to the roar of the crowd. "It was tough," acknowledged Hart, a 2014 fifth-round pick from Oregon.
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April 15, 2015
EAGLES DEFENSIVE end Cedric Thornton signed his 1-year restricted free agent tender yesterday. Thornton, who turns 27 in June, will make $2.356 million this season. The Birds' 2011 draft was a disaster - of the 11 selections, only center Jason Kelce has made a continuing impact. But Thornton, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas, has been a bright spot. The Eagles still have yet to sign restricted free-agent running back Chris Polk or exclusive rights free agent Jeff Maehl.
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April 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed starting defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year deal on Monday, an expected move after the team used a second-round tender on the restricted free agent. By signing the tender, Thornton will make $2.356 million in 2015 and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If another team tried signing Thornton to an offer sheet before April 24, the Eagles would have had the chance to match the offer or receive a second-round pick if they passed. Thornton, 26, has started every game for the Eagles since Chip Kelly became the coach in 2013.
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December 6, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Mathews will miss a second straight game and the status of Jason Peters and Cedric Thornton is still unclear as the Eagles travel to New England for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Mathews was ruled out on Friday after not practicing this week. He suffered a concussion on Nov. 15 against Miami. The Eagles rushed for just 68 yards without Mathews on Thanksgiving against Detroit. Peters, who is dealing with back and ankle injuries, was a full participant at practice each day this week.
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March 11, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two draft picks and fined by the NFL for violating the league's anti-tampering policy because of "improper contact" with Jeremy Maclin when the wide receiver left the Eagles for Kansas City last offseason. The Chiefs lost a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick and were fined $250,000. Andy Reid, the former Eagles coach who now coaches the Chiefs, was fined $75,000. General manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000. The league said the Chiefs had "direct communications" with Maclin during the open negotiating period.
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October 23, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson is expected to practice for the first time this year on Monday, a team source confirmed Sunday. The possibility of Patterson's returning to practice was first reported by Comcast SportsNet. Patterson has not formally worked with the Eagles since he underwent brain surgery in January to remove an arteriovenous malformation. The Eagles said as late as June that he would be ready by training camp in late July, but Patterson's surgeon, Robert Spetzler of Phoenix, advised against an early return because he didn't think his skull had healed enough to withstand contact.
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October 9, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TURNING point of the Eagles' victory at the Giants Sunday probably was Mychal Kendricks' interception of Eli Manning early in the fourth quarter, the play before Nick Foles hit Brent Celek for a touchdown. Kendricks' grab started a flurry of three fourth-quarter Manning picks. If you were watching on TV and saw the replays, you know that the turning point easily could have turned the other way. Though Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said afterward he didn't know what happened, Cole clearly raked a hand across Manning's helmet as the QB let go of the ball, which caromed off the Giants' center and blooped to Kendricks.
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May 6, 2014 | Les Bowen
Second in a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft: DEFENSIVE LINEMEN What they have: The Eagles have a solid, young, developing trio of d-linemen in Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. They could use more size and depth as they continue the transition to the 3-4 base defensive coordinator Bill Davis prefers. They got some good snaps from Vinny Curry last year, miscast in a 3-4 though he might be; a lot of that work came when they presented four-man fronts.
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December 14, 2012
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss to the Bengals. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in the Daily News. RUSHING OFFENSE: Bryce Brown, who was held to 6 yards on 12 carries by Tampa Bay, had another rough night. He had just 22 yards on 11 carries in the first half with his longest run 6 yards. Late in the third quarter, he lost his fourth fumble of the season, setting up a Cincinnati touchdown. Grade: D PASSING OFFENSE: Riley Cooper caught his third red-zone touchdown of the season in the second quarter.
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March 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No longer needed, Eagles fullback Stanley Havili was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for journeyman defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday. With new coach Chip Kelly expected to scrap the traditional fullback from the offense, the Eagles sent Havili to a team that has its share of ex-Birds. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was director of player personnel in 2011, when the Eagles selected Havili out of Southern Cal with their seventh-round draft pick. Rather than release Havili, the Eagles managed to get another long player for Bill Davis' 3-4 defense.
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March 24, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford and committed more than $140 million in guaranteed money this offseason, and owner Jeffrey Lurie expects the team to be a playoff contender in Doug Pederson's first season. He said the moves were made, however, to improve the team's long-term outlook. "We expect to compete for the division title," Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "But at the same time . . . it's maximizing short term, maximizing mid-term, maximizing long term.
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March 11, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two draft picks and fined by the NFL for violating the league's anti-tampering policy because of "improper contact" with Jeremy Maclin when the wide receiver left the Eagles for Kansas City last offseason. The Chiefs lost a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick and were fined $250,000. Andy Reid, the former Eagles coach who now coaches the Chiefs, was fined $75,000. General manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000. The league said the Chiefs had "direct communications" with Maclin during the open negotiating period.
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March 7, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Howie Roseman is cautious about getting too excited over the Eagles' salary-cap space going into free agency, because he knows what's in some other teams' accounts. Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, has about $17 million in cap space at his disposal. The Eagles can start negotiating with any free agent on Monday, and players can sign elsewhere on Wednesday. A portion of the money must be allocated to signing draft picks. The Eagles could always open more space by adjusting contracts or releasing or trading players in the next few days.
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February 4, 2016 | BY LES BOWEN, Staff Writer
THE KNEE-JERK reaction is to say Vinny Curry wouldn't have gotten his new five-year, $47.25 million contract had the Eagles remained a 3-4 defensive team, under Chip Kelly. But deposed defensive coordinator Bill Davis constantly talked up Curry's ability to get pass-rush pressure during the 2015 season, even though Curry's sack numbers fell from nine in 2014 to 3 1/2. Davis and other Eagles coaches felt Curry was a consistent force in pushing the pocket. To be a starter, though, a 3-4 end has to be a run-stopper, and that isn't Curry's game.
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January 12, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
DEFENSIVE LINE Grade: C-plus Even though he had to deal with constant double-teams, Fletcher Cox was a disruptive force all season, finishing with a team-high 9 1/2 sacks, 32 hurries and 16 1/2 tackles for losses and receiving an overdue Pro Bowl invitation. With so much attention focused on him, it should've opened up playmaking opportunities for his linemates and linebackers. But nose tackle Bennie Logan, who battled injuries much of the season, wasn't the unstoppable backfield penetrator he was the year before.
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December 24, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
SATURDAY'S PLAYOFF elimination game against Washington will be the first the Eagles have played in the Chip Kelly era without Bennie Logan as a force on the defensive line. Backup Beau Allen and defensive end Cedric Thornton will try to bridge a significant gap in a struggling defense, probably for more than just this one game. "Bennie's one of my best friends. I love him. He said he'll be out a couple weeks. Hopefully, we'll be in the playoffs, he'll come back," Thornton said Wednesday.
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December 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Nelson Agholor's frustrating rookie season had its highlight Sunday when he caught a 53-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was his first career touchdown and a positive sign for an offense that badly needs production from its first-round pick. "It felt great, obviously, because it was a play that helped us out," Agholor said. "It was not just a touchdown just because, it was a touchdown that put us in position to make other plays. . . . I don't worry about [what took so long to score]
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December 8, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Miles Austin was sidelined in the Eagles' 35-28 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday as a healthy scratch. The Eagles played first-year receiver Jonathan Krause over Austin. Although coach Chip Kelly said the move was not a statement, it was a clear decision to sit the veteran receiver whose production has not matched his playing time. "Krause is just a guy that has shown up in practice every since day, and we felt like we wanted to give him an opportunity to play," Kelly said of the change.
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December 6, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Mathews will miss a second straight game and the status of Jason Peters and Cedric Thornton is still unclear as the Eagles travel to New England for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Mathews was ruled out on Friday after not practicing this week. He suffered a concussion on Nov. 15 against Miami. The Eagles rushed for just 68 yards without Mathews on Thanksgiving against Detroit. Peters, who is dealing with back and ankle injuries, was a full participant at practice each day this week.
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October 30, 2015 | Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
WHILE THE 204 rushing yards they gave up to the Carolina Panthers Sunday night might indicate otherwise, the truth is the Eagles have quietly built a pretty good defense. They are first in the league in takeaways, ninth in points allowed, sixth in opponent passer rating, and until Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton and Ted Ginn came along, they had the league's third-best defensive rushing average (3.5 yards allowed per carry) and hadn't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in 18 games.
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